Health

Health 2017-10-10T11:53:10+00:00

Tanzania

For more than 20 years, we have partnered with Flying Medical Service (FMS), supplying planes, parts and yearly inspections. Their flying medical clinics serve 25 Maasai settlements, visiting each village every other week. The clinics focus on prenatal and infant care. Over a three-day clinic, their team vaccinates up to 500 babies, ensuring a healthy start to some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

Collage of photos of children attending clinics in Tanzania.

Belize

We became involved in Belize more than 25 years ago, establishing a medical air transport service that was subsequently taken over by the Belizean Ministry of Health. Today, the Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT) provides medical air evacuation coverage for the entire country of 380,000 people. We provide annual maintenance for their aircraft, as well as a volunteer pilot to support the medevac service. Belize is, in many ways, our ideal field site in terms of its progression toward sustainability.

Pilot posing next to plane in Belize.

Papua New Guinea

Our newest field site serves the Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea, a remote area with minimal access to health care. Wings of Hope PNG Inc. provides medevac services and delivers vaccinations to children living in seven villages (population of 10,000).

Nurse inserting an IV into a patient's arm as he sits in the plane. A group of Papuans look on.

Zambia

We support FlySpec, the only orthopedic and reconstructive surgery service providing care via airplane to remote parts of Zambia – at no cost to patients. The majority of their work consists of providing corrective surgeries for children with cleft palates and club feet.

Two babies on a stretcher in Zambia recovering from treatments for clubfoot.

Paraguay

Our partner, Iglesia Centro Cristiano Siloh, provides medical and humanitarian assistance to 12 indigenous communities in rural northeast Paraguay. They make monthly flights to provide practical teaching on family, health and financial issues, as well as cover immediate needs related to food, health care and medicine – at no cost to participants. They also provide medevac services to this region that is home to more than 10,000 people.

Collage of clinics in Paraguay.